Carolyn, I'm so sorry you are having such pain this time after the Denosumab - I didn't realise you were so bad! I had my 4th (?, I think) on Thursday, and only after reading your post today have I realised why my bones are aching so much today! I had a hard time getting up from the table after lunch today as my knees felt like they had seized up! It felt like it had when I was on Anastrazole!
I do hope you continue to feel better during today and are back to your normal self tomorrow. If you continue to itch, however, I think you ought to ring the chemo unit - that sounds like some kind of allergic reaction.
Hugs, and thinking of you. Barton.x
Hello Alli, sorry to read you have been having a hard time lately. Don't be hard on yourself for finding it hard to accept your diagnosis - we have all been there! Never feel bad about having a (well deserved) whinge!
However, I do think you need to bite the bullet (as it were!), get your teeth sorted out and get on the Denosumab as soon as possible! Especially if your Onc has recommended it. I can understand your fear of the dentist as I share that fear, but be strong. Can you take a friend along to hold your hand before you go in?
Hugs, and wishing you the best. Let us know how you get on.
I've definitely had more aches and pains since starting Denosumab - I'm 49 but feel like an old woman when I get up in the morning! But the nurse told me it's a sign it's working so I'm trying to be positive by thinking of it as the real world equivalent of Skele-Gro (in Harry Potter).
Still worth getting advice if it's getting you down though.
I've to see dentist about having front 4 teeth removed and a denture fitting before I can take Demusab. I'm dreading it so much I've been putting it off for 6 months. Already had back tooth out n crown. I had a fall last week but didn't break anything. I can't cope with this secondary bone cancer being so debilitating. Sorry to sound so weak but I cant get my head round it. I broke my back last year and was sent for a sports massage. After 5 months of agony I was finally sent for a scan (you know, the loud one that takes an hour n you wear a head set.....) then I was diagnosed. (November 2015). I'm fed up as not very mobile , told I cant do lots of things, and feeling pointless. Very depressed. Sorry to whinge. Anyone in kent or East Sussex fancy doing something fun ? Alli xxxxxx
Wow! That's amazing news, Carolyn! What a wonderful discovery for those with the gene! Thanks for letting us know.
For anyone interested, I have had an answer from the hospital. Apparently any invasive treatments (fillings included in this) need a break from Denosumab. I will have had my last injection 6weeks ago by next Thursday, when the filling is due, and that will be OK. The sticking point was the Cap, which I mentioned at the last minute and she said that was a whole different matter. Because of the risk of infection after a filling/injections, I can't get my next lot of Cap pills the same day. Appointment that afternoon was to see Onc and get the next lot of pills. I have to still have the blood test that Tuesday, then ring the next day to check my nuetrophils (spelling?) are OK. If they are, I can have the filling. If not, I will have to wait longer. Luckily, up to now, they have always been OK, so hoping they will be this time. Onc appointment for next lot of pills changed to the following week, as long as blood ok again (will have to have another blood test that Tuesday).
I hope this helps if anyone else has this query. Different hospitals often say different things, though, so probably still best to check with your own hospital first.
Hugs to all. Barton.x
Thanks for the info, Nicky. I have rung the day unit today, and she said to wait and see if I need any treatment, then ring again when I know what (if any) I need. Hoping I won't need anything done as I get really scared! Yes, I admit it - wimp here!
Since being on bone strengtheners I have had to have a tooth extracted as well as root canal work. However since moving to denosumab 3 years ago I have had a couple of fillings with no problems and these were carried out at my local dentist. I think unless the jaw bone suffers any trauma there shouldn't be an issue with fillings etc however I would definitely check with the onc unit if you're expecting more intrusive dental work.
Many thanks, all, for your replies. I will ring the chemo day unit tomorrow just to be on the safe side.
check with your oncologist before you go as my dentist says that a filling is not a problem as it is not classed has invasive but tooth extraction is. When I was on bisphosphonate I had fillings but when I needed tooth out it was the same protocol has densumnub and zometra
I was told that if I needed dental work, it should be at least four weeks after my last Denosumab injection and that I shouldn't have another one until four weeks after the treatment - so you might be OK. Probably best to check with the hosptial though.
I am on Denosumab, the bone strengthener, and am aware of the problem with having dental work done. I have a checkup at the dentist booked for Monday (dreading it - I hate dentists!) and have a horrible feeling I will need at least one filling replaced. Now I know that if you have teeth removed, you should be off Denosumab for at least 3 months before and after the work. Finally getting to my question - is it ok to have a filling and injections done whilst still having the Denosumab injections, or should I postpone any work he needs to do?
I would greatly appreciate all of your input on this, but I know I might have to ring my chemo unit to ask them. My last injection was 4 weeks ago now, and the next is due in 2 weeks from today.
Many thanks in advance.